As Lawmakers Mull Medicaid Expansion, ER Visits Related to Opioid Use Continue to Rise [Audio]

"Since 2015, the number of emergency room visits for opioids has increased 25% in Virginia. One of the areas hardest hit is the tiny city of Waynesboro in the Shenandoah Valley. Back in 2015 Waynesboro had two ER visits for opioids. By 2017, it had 26.

Jennifer Lewis is a mental health worker for the community service board in Waynesboro and a Democrat running for Congress. She says some of the areas that would benefit the most from expanding Medicaid are also the most resistant.

“I would bet that a lot of people who are against expanding Medicaid, if these circumstances were impacting their family they might have a different opinion on that.”"

Josh Stanfield